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Scott Westerfeld
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Feb. 17 2005 Midnighters (Book 1)

For one secret hour each night, the town belongs to the dark creatures that haunt the shadows. Only a small group of teenagers know about the secret hour -- only they are free to move about the midnight time.They call themselves Midnighters.

Then Jessica Day moves to town ... and everything changes.

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Grade 6-10–Moving when you're in high school is difficult enough, especially when your parents can't seem to hold their own lives together and your younger sister is being more obnoxious than usual. However, for 15-year-old Jessica Day, these concerns pale when bizarre things start to happen and she discovers that she now has unwanted magical powers. Part science fiction, part horror story, this novel is the first in a series about the midnighters, a select group of individuals whose birth at the stroke of midnight gives them the special ability to move about in a mysterious 25th hour. As Jessica takes her place among these extraordinary teens, she must battle the increasingly dangerous slithers and other darklings that have suddenly become more violent and aggressive. The story is exciting and the writing compelling. Gaps in the account will not bother readers, who will be totally absorbed by the paranormal elements as well as the intriguing characters, and who will be eagerly awaiting the next book.–Sharon Grover, Arlington County Department of Libraries, VA
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


'Kept me reading way past midnight!' Garth Nix 'Fast-paced and spooky - a good read for the dark hours' Ursula K. Le Guin 'Intriguing and provocative. The sequels will be worth waiting for.' Locus --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A new kind of Fantasy: MIDNIGHTERS Sept. 2 2010
By Dawn T.
Scott Westerfeld has done a marvelous job by mixing fantasy,mystery,science fiction and romance concisely. Such an exclusive and original story can only be created by a master-mind.
"Midnighters" as the title suggests is about group of 5 teenagers who roam Bixby, Oklahoma at the stroke of midnight for a WHOLE HOUR, which is the 25th hour exclusive to only them 5 while the entire Bixby is frozen stiffs. However,In this 25th hour, they are not alone! Darklings, ancient creatures whose mere existence goes back to the Stone Ages roam around freely, but they usually don't bother anyone;until Jessica Day moves to town. Apart from being a Midnighter,there is something special about Jessica that even the other four midnighters can not seem to wrap their minds around.
The darklings want her DEAD and they will surpass all boundaries to have her dead. Each Midnighter possesses a power (mindcasting,seer,polymath,flying) and then there is Jessica whose power is still unknown but interesting enough to send the scary and powerful darklings into a frenzy.
This book was like X-men with a whole new twist. Of course there was romance involved. No YA book is good without romance. Even though romance was not the central plot of this story, it was still dominant to give readers "awe" moments.
This books is very well-written with good character development. The POV of this book is very interesting because its told in a third-person, but in every chapter the narrator changes. This way you get a chance to get inside ALL midnighters heads and see the world from their vision. I loved how Scott did so flawlessly. At the end of each chapter, there is a symbol which belongs to each midnighter letting the reader know who was narrating a specific chapter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Creative and exciting Sept. 2 2010
I greatly enjoyed reading The Midnighters: The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld, the first in the trilogy. It is a Young Adult novel, but is great for all ages and is built around very creative ideas. Everyone is sure to enjoy this YA fantasy that has suspense, some action, and some romance.

In Bixby, Oklahoma, there is a 25th hour that occurs at midnight. Everyone is frozen in their spots and technology stops working (ie. electricity, cars). Only the Midnighters are able to live through that hour, along side the creatures of the dark (darklings). Each Midnighter possesses their own special ability.

Jessica Day is new in town, recently having moved from Chicago. However, she is no ordinary newcomer, she is a Midnighter, but not a normal Midnighter either. With her arrival into town, the darklings start behaving abnormally in the secret hour.

What is Jessica's talent at midnight? Why are darklings behaving abnormally? Discover the secrets of Bixby and the rules of midnight.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Frosy from Books Like Fairytales >> [...] Jan. 30 2011
By Effie
Humans that are born at the stroke of midnight have the ability to access the secret 25th hour of the day. Wouldn't you like the extra hour? I know I would.

The promise that out there is something more than what we see and feel is really interesting and will definitely be appealing to those who like sci-fi books.

This is my first sci-fi book so it was kind of hard to get into but once that was over and I got to know the characters I found myself trying to find ways for the characters to escape..... not saying! J

The truth is these series have really stuck with me and days after I read them I was thinking about them. It has enough science stuff for those of you that are interested to know how things happened, like me, and it was simple enough for those who don't want to have a headache from the entire information overflow.

The characters were really unique and each one of them had a different talent. They call themselves Midnighters since they are the only humans that live in the secret hour but not for long because something dark out there wants them. These creatures, called daklings, are the other things that live or better exist at the secret hour. They only live at the 25th hour and that's a relief because they are after Jessica. But she has the help of 4 other Midnighters, all with special talents.

The writing was in third person narrative which is my favourite. A plus! You will find yourself turning the pages fast and eager to see what happens next.
I only gave it 2 stars because it was hard for me to get into and because there wasn't the love story I wanted to see but let me tell you the next books are better. This is the kind of series that gets better as it goes. So read it and then go for the next one!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great entracning mystery Feb. 23 2009
I'm not usually into mystery or night books but this was a surprising exception. The only thing I thought about when I picked these books up was that the author was Scott Westerfeld and I've loved his previous titles. So I picked it up and it sat in my locker for about a week till I finally picked it up in a rush to find anything I could read. And it turned out pretty good and I can't wait for the next installment. The world Westerfeld created in Midnighters is eerie and for the anyone liking something to do with the supernatural will love this book.

Midnighters. At least that what they call themselves. Midnighters are the only ones who can move around in the blue hour, the secret time. When the clock strikes midnight everything in Bixby, Oklahoma freezes. At least all the daylighters freeze. The secret hour is inhabited by the dark forces, and of course the Midnighter. As the Midnighers fight for survival they uncover what is probably their biggest weapon in the fight for survival.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too
Jessica Day has just moved to Bixby, Oklahoma from Chicago with her family. Still trying to find her niche in the local high school, she's noticed by a group of students who are... Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2007 by TeensReadToo
5.0 out of 5 stars "Crazehlicious"
"Crazehlicious" is a made up word but, if it were real, it would be the perfect comment for this book. Read more
Published on April 11 2007 by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars It was "serendipitous" that I picked up this book.....
And now it's my favorite book of all time! Who knew? Anyone who picks up this book will be imediately hooked. The pace of this book never slows down. Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, scarry and thoroughly enjoyable!
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this book. It starts out with the 'new kid at a new school' thing. Sounds kind of dull, but get past that. I'm glad I did! Read more
Published on July 5 2004 by SvenWebMaster
5.0 out of 5 stars a tantalizing mystery
"Melissa didn't know exactly what to think of the new girl. Below her shifting emotions was an unexpected flavor, a sharp metal taste, like a coin pressed against the tip of... Read more
Published on May 18 2004 by Teen Reads
5.0 out of 5 stars Hypeocondract
A wonderful book that will entrance all in its mind pleasing description of the wonderful midnight world. Read more
Published on April 30 2004 by David
5.0 out of 5 stars A suspenseful, Thrilling tale.
little does jessica Day know what awaits her when she moves to Bixby Oklahoma.Theres something strange about bixby and it's not just the water. Read more
Published on April 17 2004 by Moonchicky08
5.0 out of 5 stars A great horror story
Fifteen year old Jessica Day moves with her mom from Chicago to Bixby, Oklahoma where she attends the local high school. Read more
Published on March 2 2004 by Harriet Klausner
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